Smile For Life, based in Gosforth, has been chosen to be this year’s charity for The Blaydon Race 2015. It means that when people sign up for the 10k race they can also make a separate online donation to the charity. Founded in 2007, Smile For Life helps disabled and disadvantaged children and young people across the North East in numerous ways; whether it’s providing specialist equipment, a dream holiday or even work experience in the charity’s Cafe Beam.
Paula Gascoigne, Chief Executive of Smile For Life, is hoping that people will donate when they register for the race. She said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the chosen charity for this year’s Blaydon Race. This is a huge honour for us as well as a fantastic opportunity for our charity.
“There are 4,500 runners that take part in this event so the potential for fundraising is huge for us, even if everyone running donates just £1 that is £4,500 that we could use to help so many young people in our region, to make their lives easier and happier.” She added: “As well as fundraising we hope to raise a lot of awareness about Smile For Life and the work we do. We want to get as many disabled and disadvantaged young people involved in the preparation for the event as possible – some of whom have already started training!
“Like the Blaydon Race, Smile For Life is all about the North East and supporting those who live here. We know the generous Geordies will run their socks off and help us to raise money along the way!”
Danny Adams, Patron of Smile For Life has already pledged his support and has vowed to run this year’s race for the charity. The panto star and comedian, who is currently starring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, said: “As patron of Smile For Life I wanted to run this year’s Blaydon Race to support the charity. It’s a fantastic local cause that I am proud to be associated with and I know that all of the money raised will make such a difference to the lives of children living in our region.” He added: “I haven’t started training yet but as soon as the panto is finished I will begin. It’s cold outside but hopefully running will warm me up! I hope to see as many people as possible on the day and supporting Smile For Life.”
A sentiment shared by Lynn Craig, Race Organiser for The Blaydon Race. She said: “We are delighted to have Smile For Life as the official charity for the 2015 Blaydon Race. “The charity stood out for us, amongst many others vying to be the main charity, due to the diverse opportunities on offer for disabled and disadvantaged children. “The runners are notoriously generous and we hope they spare what they can again this year donating to a fantastic cause.”
The Blaydon Race will take place on June 9th. Registration opens on February 2nd for running clubs, February 3rd for the general public.
For more information or to register go to www.blaydon-race.com
For details on Smile For Life Children’s Charity go to www.smileforlife.org.uk
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